Springtime red-emption
Wayne Friebe | November 2016

Jim ‘Uncle Ron’ Xyga holds a ripper early season red taken fishing a soft plastic close to the inshore reef, which was estimated at over 6kg in weight.

Even though I reported with much pleasure that, spring had definitely arrived in last month’s VFM, the weather treatment authority has certainly handed out a few timely reminders of the past over the last month for anglers on PPB.
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Big abundant snapper month
Lee Rayner | November 2016

Simon Murnane with a couple of snapper caught in 5m of water north of Corinella. While fishing the incoming tide with yakka and squid, Simon and his brother caught five solid fish and released a few fish as well.

Awful weather smashed us during October, but in between the bad there’s been plenty of good. Exceptional snapper have been taken over the past weeks, with multiple fish over 10kg in weight. Interestingly, the ones I’ve seen have been taken by land-based anglers.
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Reds continue to run rampant
Adam Ring | November 2016

This is what 9.1kg of Top End snapper looks like!

As you can imagine, it’s all about the snapper at this stage of the game! The shallow water has fished extremely well and we are at the time of the year where we see these red machines school up in huge numbers in the deeper water, and cricket score catches will become more and more consistent.
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Removing the goggles and flippers
Neil Slater | November 2016

The region’s residents are removing their goggles and flippers and emerging from what can only be described as a very wet lead up to the warmer months, with spring providing some of the best rainfall we’ve seen in years.
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River runs brown
Andy Smith | November 2016

Spring has taken its time to fire up. With huge late winter downpours across the state and the metro catchment, fishing has been for the super keen. Rewards are there, if you’re persistent and spend the effort. The huge amount of water pouring into our catchments is sensational for the long term health of our rivers and the bay, but spare a thought for many land owners and farmers that have copped the rough end of the stick. Drought-like conditions and a serious lack of water have been overrun with torrential rain cells dumping rain for days on end.
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Snapper time up for fishing
John Dalla Rosa | November 2016

I fished trout opening with the grandkids and everyone managed to catch a fish. Our big winter rains certainly changed the river structure, washing out trees, filling in old holes and creating new ones. It’s amazing how much a river can change in a season.
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Springtime snapper get mouths watering
Jarrod Day | October 2016

Gummy sharks of this size are pretty standard this time of year.


Breaking news – barrels are being caught in Melbourne! Every good report kicks off with a bang and what’s better than a few keg southern bluefin tuna, caught off the coast of Flinders. How very exciting for Melbourne Anglers with what seems to fast becoming a regular occurrence around late August/early September each year.
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Spring on the snapper
Wayne Friebe | October 2016

Spring has sprung on PPB. We’ve endured a long, cold and very wet winter. While these were conditions we needed, it didn’t make it easier to take. Being an eternal optimist, I’ve been telling people a while now that the seasons are changing. Now the proof is in the pudding.
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Signs of a great whiting season
Adam Ring | October 2016

Here is proof that the whiting are already in great numbers on the Middle Spit!

It’s October and this means it’s snapper time again, but there is much more going on than just these red beasts. The calamari fishing is still red-hot and some really promising whiting reports are already filtering through giving us a nice indication that it will be a huge whiting season this year.
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